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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Magazine Issue 53 Summer 2013
13 REFLECTIONS • GOWRIE AUSTRALIA • SUMMER 2013 - ISSUE 53 13 In Roskill’s “bush kindergarten” children are provided with environments in which they can take calculated risks, learning to assess the situation at hand and adapt to the environment and the climate. This adaptability, and the opportunity to explore risk in the context of trial and error, is developing the children’s views of themselves as people who possess a mindset of growth – challenges are good things, challenges allow for growth and learning. Educators report that by viewing children with a growth mindset, they can see that the effort and skills the children are achieving give them a sense of empowerment to seek out and set further challenges. Any service wishing to adopt a growth mindset within their team may wish to consider the following in relation to their individual context: Context for learning • How does your service support risk taking, and the opportunity to learn from mistakes, trial and error? • Is this culture supportive only of the children, or are educators and educational leaders also encouraged and supported in their reflections on things that did not go so well? • Is effort talked about and valued in your community? Content for learning • Are children given opportunities for challenge? • Are attitudes and aptitudes such as resourcefulness and resilience noticed, promoted and celebrated? A broad worldview • Are co-workers, contemporary theorists and other significant people within the community used as resources for reciprocal learning? • Are ideas and alternative pathways given careful and equal consideration? A time rich environment • Is time for reflection and self-assessment and evaluation made available? Time for such things can promote a growth mindset in both educators and children by giving space for children to get to know their strengths, acknowledge what has worked well in the past, and identify how they can move forward in their learning journey. * The author attended the “Young Minds 2013 – How do we grow a good person?” as a guest of the Vajrayana Institute Inc References: Arthur, L., Mcardle, F. and Papic, M. (2010). Stars are made of glass. Deakin West, ACT: Early Childhood Australia. Assessment for Learning. (2009). [e-book] Belfast: Council for the Curriculum Examination and Assessment. pp. 9 - 13. http://www.nicurriculum.org.uk/docs/assessment_for_learning/AfL_ A%20Practical%20Guide.pdf [Accessed: 4 Oct 2013]. Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations. (2010) Educators, belonging, being and becoming: Educators guide to the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. Barton ACT: Commonwealth of Australia. The image of the teacher: rich, competent, theory builder. (2013). Technology rich inquiry based research - an action study involving Reggio inspired schools, [blog] 20-4-13, Available at: http://tecribre- search.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/the-image-of-the-teacher-rich- competent-theory-builder-4/ [Accessed: 4 Oct 2013]. reflections.issue53_Layout 1 11/11/13 2:27 PM Page 13
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